On 9/21/16 2:15 PM, Christian Weisgerber wrote:

On 2016-09-20, Jeff Ross <jr...@openvistas.net> wrote:

Subject: i386 or amd64?
If the hardware supports it, run amd64.

If I have 8GB, I for sure want to use it all.
You will need amd64 for that.  But even if you have less memory,
the larger address space is beneficial.  Also, AES-NI support is
only implemented for amd64.  And some crypto algorithms are just
faster on 64 bits.

amd64 has this caveat: "(Some Intel
processors lack support for important PAE NX bit, which means those
machines will run without any W^X support -- it is thus safer to run
those machines in i386 mode)."
That is true but very misleading.  It concerns only some rare early
CPUs.  The only ones I can find in Wikipedia's lists of Intel CPUs
are the "Nocona" Xeons from 2004.

I have now removed that caveat from the page.

Hello and thanks to all that responded!

I'll install amd64 on my server--it is being configured right now. dmesg to follow.

Thank you naddy for clarifying the amd64.html page and making OpenBSD's already superb documentation even better.


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